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September to October 2020 in Review: Autumn signals a ‘generational change’

2020’s Autumn months held no respite for betting leadership, as the sector was placed at the forefront of global business headlines reporting on inbound changes be it through regulatory challenges, M&A or leadership changes… SBC – Politics and M&A make global betting the headline maker…  The betting industry’s autumn proceedings begun with further political maneuverers centred around the UK government’s …

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SBC Magazine Issue 11: Ralph Topping, SPACs and the best way to spend £100m

Kicking off Issue 11 of SBC Magazine, we have an exclusive interview with former William Hill CEO Ralph Topping, who reflected on his journey from a part-time cashier in one of Glasgow’s independent betting shops to the boardroom of William Hill. He looked back on the ways that UK betting shops have evolved in recent years and how bookmakers have …

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Ralph Topping – ‘UK could be world leader in safer gambling’

The UK gambling industry could export its safer gambling expertise across the world if the Government were to have some vision for the sector, according to Ralph Topping, the former Group CEO of the William Hill Plc who has been inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame this week. In an interview for SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital, the …

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Topping, Chandler, Mummery, Garrisi and Hidalgo join Sports Betting Hall of Fame

Sports Betting Hall of Fame 2020

Five new members will be inducted to the Sports Betting Hall of Fame at next week’s SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital. Despite the event moving online because of the COVID pandemic, SBC has decided to go ahead with the Hall of Fame ceremony and switch it to a virtual format, in order to pay tribute to some of the most …

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Accuscore begins new journey under BetQL’s domain

New York-based sports data and affiliate marketing group QL Gaming Group (QLGG) has acquired sports forecasting specialist Accuscore. The acquisition follows QLGG securing a further $1.1 million in venture funding, which sees it accelerate the development of its sports betting analytics platform, with Accuscore provisions providing vital components. In its acquisition notes, QLGG detailed that Accuscore services will help expand …

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James Henderson resigns as CEO of William Hill

William Hill has this morning announced that James Henderson has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Philip Bowcock, Chief Financial Officer of William Hill will manage corporate leadership as Interim CEO. Issuing a market update, William Hill governance stated that the search for Henderson’s replacement had been instigated. A William Hill governance veteran, James Henderson had been appointed …

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Ian Chuter joins Playtech as sports betting & M&A advisor

Ian Chuter, former group operations director at both William Hill and Betfair, has joined Playtech as a strategic advisor with a specific remit focusing on gaming, sports betting and M&A. Chuter, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the gaming industry, will join Playtech on November 2 following a four and a half year period at Betfair where he was …

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James Henderson tipped to replace Topping

Weekend  business news reports  that UK sports betting operator William Hill are set to replace outgoing CEO Ralph Topping with current Director of Operations James Henderson. UK business news wire This is Money, reported that after months of strategic evaluation the bookmaker is ready to announce James Henderson as incoming CEO for the UK’s leading biggest sports betting operator. The …

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Paddy Power’s Andy McCue hits out at planning restrictions

UK bookmakers have reacted to yesterday’s government announcement which let local authorities limit the number of betting shops on Britain’s high streets. Betting shops will now be treated differently to other UK retailers, as betting shop planning applications will be subject to far more scrutiny by local authorities. Industry reaction to the announcement has garnered a mixed response by UK …

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Football favourites impact William Hill profits

Two weekends of winning favourites on the football has severely impacted William Hill’s Q1 figures, with the bookmaker announcing a 14% drop in operating profit for the period. The two weekends of ‘unfavourable sporting results’ saw a 25% drop in operating profit for the firm’s retail business and a 6% drop in its online sportsbook. However the firm also marked …

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